BENEFITS OF PLAYER MEETING 'SHOWED ON THE FIELD'
"Seeing the leaders on the team stand up, I think, was important for us," Buechele said. "I think it was an overall positive meeting, and I think it showed on the field this weekend. It was just important for everyone to realize we're playing for each other and these coaches. No one is playing for themselves. We have to play for each other and these coaches."
Hager said he thinks the players walked out of Thursday's meeting realizing a lot of things.
"We've got a man we love (in Charlie Strong) and want to keep," Hager said. "We've got fans who we want to impress and make proud. We've got former Longhorn players talking to us and trying to help us. It's definitely about things much bigger than us."
Senior S Dylan Haines said the players' meeting was "a chance to speak as football players, friends and adults."
"Obviously, there was a lot that went into the Iowa State game in terms of preparation," Haines said. "But you want to say that it (the meeting) helped. I'm glad it happened, and I think the result was evident on the field."
Hager said going on the road this weekend at Kansas State will reveal even more about a defense that finally stopped an onslaught of big plays given up against an Iowa State team that had averaged 36.5 points in its previous two games against Baylor and at Oklahoma State.
"We're going to pack the defense," Hager said. "And we're going to embrace this challenge and everyone saying how we're horrible on the road. We're going to see what players on this defense are going to take control of the direction of where we're going and dominate."
BUT DEVIN DUVERNAY DOESN'T LOOK THAT FAST
Sophomore WR Dorian Leonard said WR Devin Duvernay, who has TD catches of 63 and 75 yards in each of the last two games, respectively, "looks like he's jogging" when he's running full speed on the field.
"But then you look at the film, and you see how much ground he's covering. He's just blowing by people," Leonard said, laughing on Monday.
Buechele said Duvernay "is such a smooth runner that you don't realize how fast he's going."
"But when you under throw him as many times as I have in practice, you realize how fast he's going," Buechele said.
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